20th Century Fox Television

Twentieth Century Fox Television (or TCF TV or TCFTV, stylized as 20th Century Fox Television) is a television-production studio owned by the Walt Disney Television division of The Walt Disney Company.[1] 20th Television is the syndication and distribution arm of 20th Century Fox Television.[2]

20th Century Fox Television was part of The Walt Disney Company's 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox.[3] Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox completed on March 20, 2019, 12:02 AM (EDT).[4]

Twentieth Century Fox Television, Inc.
Division
IndustryTelevision production
Founded1949 (as TCF Television Productions, Inc.)
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Jonnie Davis, President, Creative Affairs
Howard Kurtzman, President, Business Affairs
ProductsTelevision programs
ParentDisney Television Studios
(Walt Disney Television)
DivisionsFox Television Animation

Overview and history

20th Century Fox Television was formed in 1949 as other studios were branching out into television production as well. At that time, the company was known as TCF Television Productions, Inc. until 1958. Decades later, TCFTV folded the operations of TV production companies it has acquired: Metromedia Producers Corporation in 1986, New World Entertainment in 1997, and MTM Enterprises in 1998, and is the current distributor (via its distribution division, 20th Television) for most of the shows originally produced by these companies.

Since 1986, 20th Century Fox Television has served as the Fox television network's official production arm (with Fox Television Studios being viewed as the network's unofficial television production division), producing the bulk of television series airing on the television network. TCFTV produced the first two series that aired on Fox's sister network, MyNetworkTV: the telenovelas Desire and Fashion House.

In 1989, 20th Century Fox Television's functions were taken over by Twentieth Television Corporation, a separate entity from 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Both companies were subsidiaries of News Corporation unit Fox Inc.; the move was made to separate the television productions from the movie studio in order to increase the latter's output.[5] Following a 1994 restructuring of Fox's television production companies, 20th Television was refocused on syndication and "non-traditional programs", while network television programming once more came under the 20th Century Fox Television banner and returned to being a division of the movie studio.[6] In 1997, MTM Enterprises became part of 20th Century Fox Television, and thus remains an in-name only division of TCFTV. In 2012, 20th Century Fox Television was reorganized as a separate unit of News Corporation; 20th Century Fox Television chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman now report to Chase Carey, COO of 21st Century Fox.[7]

In July 2014, it was announced that the operations of the Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television will merge into a new unit, the Fox Television Group, which will be overseen by Walden and Newman.[8]

In March 2019, the Disney acquisition of Fox was finalized.[9] As a result of the acquisition, Newman departed and Walden was made head of Disney programming.[10][11] Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman, who previously held high ranking positions with the Fox Television Group,[12][13] became the co-heads of Fox Television.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 8, 2018). "Disney Unveils Top TV Executive Structure Post Fox Acquisition: Peter Rice, Dana Walden, John Landgraf, Gary Knell Joining". Deadline. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "21st Century Fox Realigns TV Syndication, Distribution Biz Underdog/ 20th Century Fox TV". Foxmovies.com. Penske Media Corporation. July 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Walt Disney Company To Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., After Spinoff Of Certain Businesses, For $52.4 Billion In Stock". The Walt Disney Company (Press release). December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Disney and 21st Century Fox Announce per Share Value in Connection with $71 Billion Acquisition". The Walt Disney Company. March 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Horn, John (July 12, 1989). "20th Century Fox Restructures Film, Television Units". Associated Press. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "2 Named to Executive Posts in Fox TV Restructuring". Los Angeles Times. December 5, 1994. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  7. ^ Finke, Nikki; Mike Fleming, Jr. (September 14, 2012). "SHOCKER! FOX SHAKEUP: Tom Rothman Exiting 20th Film Group; Jim Gianopulos Becomes Sole Chairman/CEO; 20th TV's Dana Walden & Gary Newman Now Report To News Corp #2 Chase Carey". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  8. ^ Steel, Emily (July 14, 2014). "21st Century Fox Melds Its Television Broadcasting and Studio Units". The New York Times.
  9. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/lachlan-murdoch-takes-control-of-fox-corp-but-how-will-he-deal-with-president-trump/2019/03/20/abbb43d6-40ee-11e9-a0d3-1210e58a94cf_story.html
  10. ^ https://deadline.com/2018/10/new-fox-charlie-collier-gary-newman-exit-1202474293/
  11. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/dana-walden-talks-disney-tv-strategy-netflix-growing-pains-1165232
  12. ^ https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/scully-signs-overall-deal-with-20th-century-fox serve
  13. ^ https://deadline.com/2014/01/twentieth-tv-promotes-business-execs-howard-kurtzman-mark-pearson-673201/
  14. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/disney-fox-tv-layoffs-dana-walden-rallies-staff-memo-1196575

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